COMMENT By Alex Taylor
Tottenham welcome Manchester City to White Hart Lane on Sunday as they seek their fifth win in five games.
The north London club will need their star men firing if they are to prevent City continuing their perfect record in the Premier League this season.
Here, Football Insider analyses the three key men for Mauricio Pochettino’s side:
Son must continue good form
Harry Kane’s ankle injury against Sunderland has allowed Son a free-run in the Spurs first team this season and it has worked wonders.
The South Korean forward has scored five goals in five games this term in the absence of Tottenham’s cheif attacking threat and must continue his good form against City.
Pep Guardiola’s side will defend well and remain tight, so chances for Pochettino’s front-line could be few and far between.
When the opportunity does come, Son must be clinical if Tottenham are to take anything from the game.
Dier must stand strong and control the midfield
Dier, 22, has shown his strengths in England’s top-flight over the last two season’s, but in this reinvigorated City side he will face a challenge like never before.
Dier must get in among David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne and control the tempo and speed of the game to prevent Guardiola’s side dominating possession.
The youngster should return from injury and will face extra-pressure from the home crowd to retain the ball and dictate play in a tight environment on Sunday afternoon.
Lloris must be at his brilliant best
Few involved in football will be unaware of the dangers that Sergio Aguero can cause in just a single touch of a football, least of goalkeepers.
Often as an underdog you rely on someone to do something special to win a game and that could be Lloris this weekend.
He must be on hand to step-up and pull off something magical to thwart Sterling one-on-one or tip a curling Aguero free-kick round the post.
For Tottenham to stand every chance, he can’t be average, he must be spectacular.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has revealed that he could be tempted into managing England in the future.